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TEACHER/UNION FACTS-WISCONSIN

WISCONSIN-TEACHER-UNION FACTS

When you suspect that something smells a little funny in any union activity, just follow the money. Unions preach that trusts and monopolies are a by-product of big business and must be evil and bad. It would be wonderful to get the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) to explain the facts that should be interesting to every American taxpayer. WEAC is a “union” that is affiliated with National Education Association (NEA) and their website says they represent 98,000 educators in the State of Wisconsin.

WEAC has a vested interest in fighting the proposal to strip the unions from collective bargaining rights. In 2009 WEAC collected over $25,000,000.00 from teachers. If the proposed changes are passed by the legislature, the state will no longer have to deduct the union dues from the teacher’s paychecks. Also union members will not be obligated to pay union dues.

If you dig a little deeper the primary reason WEAC is so distressed is more obvious. The proposed legislation will have a negative financial impact on the WEA trust. The WEA Trust is owned and managed by WEAC. This trust is responsible for managing teacher’s benefits and provides the insurance for each school district. These benefits are contracted with individual school districts. The pressure from the teachers, who own the trust, is so intense it is nearly impossible for the school board to buy cheaper insurance on the competitive market.

WEA has a net worth of $316,000,000.00 and a team of twelve administrators all receiving total compensation exceeding six figures per year.

Once they pressure a school district to buy their insurance, it becomes nearly impossible to refuse to renew regardless of rates. If the district tries to change, WEAC takes it to arbitration and with their political power seldom lose a case.

The WEA business practices also prohibit any competitor from reviewing prior claims which makes it impossible for a competitor to estimate accurate costs history.

Some 15 school districts have severed buying from the WEA Trust and it was reported that the savings were over six figures in the first year. But even here there was another pressure that emerged. To reduce the resistance they were forced to share the insurance savings they made with their local union officials, usually in the form of salary increases.

Now you might know why the teachers and unions are so distressed in fighting the Wisconsin Governor and the brave Representatives/Senators. These folks are trying to bring common sense changes to help the taxpayer.

It is a shame that “Teachers” have placed themselves above the children of Wisconsin. Using “Near Bribery Tactics” to fatten their own pockets is sad. More to follow tomorrow.

C Brewer

STATE OF WHICH UNION??

 

We have not had just one American “Union” in my 80 years, today we have at least three; “republican”, “democrat” and whatever “independent” means. To me there is only two kinds of true Americans, “conservatives” or “liberals” and the bunch in between the two who are  not yet adults or nitwits. Obama’s perception of a union is a group that pressures our businesses and government to create a power that will destroy the free enterprise system that has made America a world leader. Watch his gift of General Motors to the UAW end up in flames.

Watching our State of the Union (SOTU) messages for the past 65 years has been a mirror image of how far American politics has denigrated. The first one I remember was a radio address in 1945 that inspired all Americans to stay together and win WW11. Most of our earlier Presidents utilized the SOTU to rally the people to support truly bi-partisan issues to advance America’s future. Sadly, all we have seen for the past several years is partisan pep-rallies to keep the people divided as far as possible politically for the purpose of getting what ever party is in power re-elected.

The past three SOTU events, including Tuesday night, have been a continuation of Obama’s only real talent, “Snake Oil Salesman”; these events provide him the maximum exposure to keep the people divided as far as possible. We watch him every day throwing spears and threats at everyone who has a dissenting view. He uses any crisis available as ammunition to keep us divided and hide behind. His false sincerity and somber facial expressions make him a better actor than ever went to Hollywood. His only weakness is not having the ability to do his act impromptu like Clinton. He probably has to use the teleprompter to talk to his children.

The pep-rally in Arizona recently is a perfect example of using any tragedy to sell something. Using the attempted killing of a democratic Representative, to advance his Socialistic goals is sick. The Presidency has provided him the world stage and the bully pulpit capability to destroy our world leadership positions and reduce our freedoms.

Encouraged by the tree huggers, Hollywood’s elite, OPEC and China, he is nearing the power position to increase our buyer nation status by eliminating more of our industrial base. The fastest way to do this is by regulations, and boy does he know how. He has proved that he has the power to ignore Congress to get his way. Allowing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase regulations and give Congress the finger, is a perfect example of the power imbalance. It also shows how our Congress is totally incapable of any control over the Executive Branch of our government.

The demoncrats (not misspelled accidently) sit up like a lap dog and do whatever the “King” desires. Reid, Polosi, Durban and Kerry is just some of his hit-men. All he has to do for the rest of them is throw them a biscuit in the form of a bridge, airport, Medicade money or a future place in government power. Just watch when the wave of Senators who just left or the ones who have announced they will leave in 2012, end up as Ambassadors or in well connected government positions. Most of the others will end up as lobbyist sucking on the government teat.

The republicans have been in retreat for so long they need to use the “Greatest Italian Military Invention”, back up lights for tanks, to see where they are going. They get the power back, make rabid speeches, promise to stop the run-away-train, then they fold up when they are pressed into making critical decisions. When they do shut down the government the “demons” always make them look like Simon Lagree attacking orphans and widows. How many cycles do we have to watch for them to admit they have no clue how to match the clever clandestine ability of the demoncrats to use power. One thing the republicans do that is smarter than the “demons” is bypassing the positions of power in government and go directly to consulting and lobbying. The work is easier and the money comes faster and better.  

The only hope we have to stop all of the Washington D.C. spending is for John Bohner to have the courage to stand up and stop it now. He appears to be an honorable man and hopefully a man of his word. Next the entire republican House must get committed and operate as they promised. If they fold this time we need to throw them all out in 2012 and elect at least 537 new people. This is the only way that politics will again be a public service rather than an occupation.

Clyde Brewer

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